In the context of our Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, an academic process contributing to the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies by the General Assembly, we held two regional consultations, for Eastern Europe and Latin America.
The reports of the consultations will be published shortly.
The regional consultation for Eastern Europe took place in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 18–19 November 2016. Hosted by the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, it brought together academic institutions and academics from the region, as well as observers from governments and civil society. Participants discussed many aspects of the treaty body system including its currents strengths and deficiencies.
The regional consultation for Central and South America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean took place in San José, Costa Rica, from 19–20 November 2016. Hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, the Inter-American Social Responsibility and Human Rights Institute, and the Columbia University, it brought together academics and experts from the region, as well as observers from governments and civil society.
Jointly with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, Dr Agnes Callamard, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Geneva Academy organized an Expert Meeting on a ‘Gender Sensitive Approach to Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings’.
During one week, ten Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Iranian university teachers and scholars deepened their knowledge and expertise of UN human rights mechanisms during a customized training course co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo.
Social media companies have stepped up efforts to spot hate speech as well as ‘terrorist’ and ‘violent extremist’ content, thereby becoming the de facto regulators of online content.
This course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
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This course, ahead of the main UN Human Rights Council session, allows participants to develop their network and acquire the necessary skills to lead and perform effectively in this major forum for human rights diplomacy.
As a comprehensive attempt to ‘codify’ universal accountability norms, the UN Principles marked a significant step forward in the debate on the obligation of states to combat impunity in its various forms. Despite this significance, no comprehensive academic commentary of the 38 principles has yet been provided so far. This project seeks to fill this gap.
This initiative aims at creating a platform allowing leading academics, experts and practitioners who work on right to life issues. It also develops research identifying and discussing some of the cutting-edge development as far as this seminal right is concerned, in the human rights, humanitarian law and the violence reduction contexts.